Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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stand or that's it, and they will finish their promenade and stand in their squares waiting for the second tip, or second call.
Now that the rudiments are learned you can turn to any of the calls in the second part of this book and try another dance. But some of them are quite complicated, and had better be left for a later day. Some of the easiest in the docey-doe pattern are I'll Swing Your Girl You Swing Mine, or Two Gents Swing with the Elbow Swing. In this latter the gentlemen can avoid mix-ups by remembering always to swing each other with the right elbows and to swing the ladies with left elbows. Around that Couple and Swing at the Wall is easy and popular, or Dive for the Oyster. This last looks very complicated, but is really very simple, and most groups like it best when they do it badly. As soon as they get it smooth, and there is no one to laugh at for his blunders half the fun goes out of it. So it is a great favorite with beginners, and even old-timers love it when they have beginners to astonish.
In the symmetrical selection of dances, Ladies to the Center and Back to the Bar is a favorite. Walk through it slowly first and stress the fact that the star must continue holding hands after they pick up the ladies on their arms. Once they get the idea of allemande left just one and prome­nade the girl you swung, and of always taking the new girl to the gentleman's home position, it will all go as smoothly as silk. And there are other dances in this section that be­ginners might want to try. Siuing the Ladies to the Center and Let them Stand is very easy to do.
The Dotvn the Center and Split the Ring type of dance is also easy. Perhaps the easiest to begin with is down the Center and Cut Away Six. The foot sometimes forgets to swing but you can trust all the rest of the set to protest until they get to swinging. And some of the couples will have trouble in realizing that a cut aioay four is cutting around two on each side, and a cut away two means to go around one on each side. But beginners catch it quickly, and they always like it. By far the most popular, perhaps be­cause it is the simplest of all of the dances in this section, is the Waltz Quadrille. After you have done it a few times the sixteen repetitions may grow unbearably monownous. But in this case I always let each couple (really each gentleman) go down the center twice instead of four times, and it all